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Home GP podium for Dylan Ferrandis in France

The French teenager had already proved his speed in qualification as he charged up the leader board to finish less than two seconds from victory and, after a superb start in the opening moto, maintained the pressure on world champion Herlings all the way to the chequered flag to the delight of the thousands of home fans. In the second race he moved quickly from an initial seventh place to take the lead on the sixth lap but a small slip one lap later dropped the teenager back to fifth place. Undaunted he charged again to again finish second to secure second place on the day; the 44 points lifted the youngster two places in the championship standings to tenth.

Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit had a frustrating day after disappointing starts and could only score 14 points but this was sufficient to maintain his top ten world ranking and the Italian will be hoping for better fortune in his home GP next weekend.

In only his second GP for Bud Racing Jason Clermont raced to a starting fourth place in the qualification race on Saturday and again showed good speed in the GP motos. He raced through the pack to finish 16th in the first moto after stalling at the first corner and maintained a top ten placing throughout race two for his best-ever GP score.

CLS American Jimmy Decotis continues to find life difficult on the GP scene and scored just one point from a 20th place finish in the opening race. He lost all chance of adding to this score when he got stuck in a fence for several minutes in race two.

Dylan Ferrandis: “This is incredible. I have dreamt since I was a kid of getting on the podium at my home GP and today I did it! I had a perfect weekend with good starts and I was able to battle for the win in both races. In the first race I got close to Herlings, and it was already a great feeling to finish second. My second start was not quite as good and I was seventh at the start but then I passed all my rivals to take the lead but I made a mistake which dropped me to fifth before passing my rivals to finish second again which secured my second overall. Now I feel like the season has really started for me and I want more podiums.”

Alessandro Lupino: “It was a difficult GP for me as I made too many mistakes; my speed is good that’s not enough if I am not delivering the results. I’m disappointed with my starts this weekend but I pushed hard and recovered from twenty fifth to seventh in the second race. I know that I can do much better; we will test some different settings for the start this week, and I hope that I will have a more successful time in my home GP at Maggiora next weekend.”

Jason Clermont: “I had a great qualifying race; I was third for most of the period, and finished fourth behind Dylan. Today in the first moto I stalled the engine in the first corner, but I still scored points with a sixteenth position. In the second race I had a good start and was eighth on the first lap. Lupino and Tixier passed me but tenth was a good result for me; I only started practising on the 250F one week ago, and I need some more training to adjust my riding style.”

Jimmy Decotis: “The track was definitively rough, and I had troubles to get used to it. I’m training hard, and I don’t know what else I can do to get better results but so far it has been disappointing. I struggled at both starts. I got back to twentieth in the first moto but in the second one I crashed; the bike was under the fence so I lost too much time there to have a chance of more points.”

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